I used to think living off the grid didn’t make sense when commercial power is available. But present technology in inverters, solar panels, storage modules and generators can be a sensible option for the rural landowner even if electrical service lines are near. High electricity costs balance your off-grid system hardware very quickly in Alaska. The expense of purchasing electric line spans farther than the local provider’s allowance is also very expensive. In the areas that I’ve paid for spans it was between $6,000 and $8,000 per 300 feet – with “turn” hardware it is more.
Vendors like Inverter Supply, http://www.invertersupply.com/ , offer systems to electrify any structure from the smallest recreational cabin to something the size of a high school. The wide variety of manufacturers and equipment options is astonishing.
I wish I had something in operation now so I could share information on cost effectiveness and expense comparisons. I’m looking forward to building a micro home this year on a small scale subsistence farm and equip it in an off-grid mode to support this web page.
More of my clients choose to live off-the-grid each year and their homes have convinced me that the concept is not only practical in remote locations.